Southside Daily’s Joe Saade will bring you a series of team spotlights at the end of every sports season.
Here he looks at Virginia Beach boys volleyball for 2015. Cox and Princess Anne will also be featured.
Ocean Lakes (14-5) 6A state finalist
Key moment of regular season: Ocean Lakes beat Bayside 3-1 in the regular season finale playoff game that decided the conference’s No. 1 seed. Despite losing to the Marlins in their prior two matches, the Dolphins strung together one of their best performances of the season to earn the conference’s top seed and an automatic spot in the state semifinals.
Key stat: Junior setter Adreyune Husted amassed 450 assists this season, raising his total to about 1,250 through three seasons. Coach Heath Boomer said Husted is well on his way to breaking the program record.
Defining moment of state final (3-0 loss to James River): After the Dolphins fell 25-21 in the second set, Boomer noticed an emotional change in his team’s eye’s. Digging an 0-2 hole against a savvy James River squad was too much for the Dolphins to climb back from. “They felt they were in trouble,” Boomer said. Ocean Lakes fell 25-16 in the third set.
Coach Heath Boomer: “One of the best groups of gentlemen I’ve ever worked with. Outstanding on and off the court. This team here was a classy group of guys. Classy kids you can take anywhere; a great camaraderie group. All very welcoming and very inclusive. They were just very unselfish and bought into the system. I was very thankful for that. Makes my job easier.”
Unsung hero: Junior libero Colton Demetriou and junior middle Keegan Simonis. Demetriou switched from playing the front row to the back’s most important defensive position to fill a need for the Dolphins. Simonis first started playing volleyball this fall and found himself in the state final lineup in late November.
Future: The Dolphins return Husted, their ace setter and the Coastal Conference’s co-Player of the Year, but lose their top senior hitters Derron Watkins and Sean Whiteman. In addition to Husted, Ocean Lakes will bring back starting juniors Demetriou and Marcelo Sleiman.